Leesburg-- A south Georgia student is appointed to one of the military's prestigious academies. Lee County High School senior Daniel Ritchie was accepted to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
Wednesday, his classmates congratulated him as he received his formal appointment to the Class of 2009.
More than 14,000 people applied and Ritchie is the only student in the 2nd Congressional District to be accepted. "I have to report June 29th at 8:00 in the morning," he said. "Summer is like basic training, a lot of physical stuff. They get you used to the uniforms and the yes sir, no sir. It's basically getting you ready for your four years of school and getting the military thing down."
Naval Academy students have an average SAT score of 1300. The Academy considers academics, athletics, and community service when selecting students. About 20 to 30 Georgians are accepted each year. Ritchie was also accepted to West Point.